History Literature / MySweetAudrina

25th Jun '16 7:39:23 AM Dravencour
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->''"So Audrina goes round and round the mulberry bush, wondering exactly how Arden could have known the First and Best Audrina, and space aliens from 20000 light years away shout, and tiny one-celled organisms deep within prehistoric lakes shout, and you shout, and I shout, and Bastian from ''TheNeverendingStory'' shouts, [[spoiler: "THERE IS ONLY ONE FUCKING AUDRINA, YOU BRAINLESS MORON, AND THAT AUDRINA IS YOU!"'']]

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->''"So Audrina goes round and round the mulberry bush, wondering exactly how Arden could have known the First and Best Audrina, and space aliens from 20000 20,000 light years away shout, and tiny one-celled organisms deep within prehistoric lakes shout, and you shout, and I shout, and Bastian from ''TheNeverendingStory'' shouts, [[spoiler: "THERE IS ONLY ONE FUCKING AUDRINA, YOU BRAINLESS MORON, AND THAT AUDRINA IS YOU!"'']]
22nd Jun '16 8:31:46 AM Bergamot
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** Vera calls out Damien several times for never acknowledging her as his daughter.
** Ellsbeth even gets a turn when she calls Damien out on his daughters' behalf, both for his scornful treatment of Vera and his attempts to turn Audrina into a ReplacementGoldfish.

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** Vera calls out Damien Damian several times for never acknowledging her as his daughter.
** Ellsbeth even gets a turn when she calls Damien Damian out on his daughters' behalf, both for his scornful treatment of Vera and his attempts to turn Audrina into a ReplacementGoldfish.



* ConvenientMiscarriage : Actually, a very inconvenient one, because it was supposed to be [[spoiler: Vera's ticket. Another [[{{Squick}} memorable scene]] happens when Vera crawls around on the floor]] in blood and throws one of the clumps.

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* {{Clairvoyance}}: Audrina displays a mild (and mostly unremarked upon) gift for seeing the past and future, which her father tries to channel through the rocking chair. For example, she is able to play the stock market, [[spoiler: she predicts Lucky's death around the moment it's happening]], and at the end of the book, she [[spoiler: believes she receives a warning against leaving Sylvia alone with Damian]].
** Some of Audrina's apparent clairvoyance may be conflated with [[spoiler: the gaslighting that has caused her to forget her past; she believes her own memories are actually those of her dead sister]]. Other times, the clairvoyance is PlayedStraight.
* ConvenientMiscarriage : Actually, a very inconvenient one, because it was supposed to be [[spoiler: Vera's ticket. way to escape Whitefern by forcing Lamar to marry her.]] Another [[{{Squick}} memorable scene]] happens when [[spoiler: Vera crawls around on the floor]] in blood and throws one of the clumps.]]



** When we first meet Audrina, she doesn't know her sister died after being raped and only "remembers" it after a session in the rocking chair.
** Vera is Damien's daughter by Ellsbeth. It's played as a dark secret, but it's pretty obvious to everyone, including the audience. Only Audrina is unaware.
** [[spoiler:Arden witnessed the First Audrina's rape and ran without helping her. As an adult, Audrina finally recalls this detail and infers that Arden only married her out of guilt.]]
* DaylightHorror : The first Audrina's rape happened while she was walking home, in broad daylight. And the second Audrina is terrified...of reflective crystals.

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** When we first meet Audrina, she doesn't know her sister died after being raped and only "remembers" it family behaves as if some terrible, mysterious thing killed the First Audrina. Only after a session few sessions in the rocking chair.
chair does Audrina "remember" that the terrible thing was rape. It's played as a dark secret by the family, but it's pretty obvious to everyone, including the audience.
** Vera is Damien's daughter by Ellsbeth. It's played as a dark secret, but it's pretty obvious to everyone, including the audience. Only Again, only Audrina is unaware.
unaware of this, and the family keep it as a dark secret from her.
** [[spoiler:Arden From the beginning, Arden behaves as if he knows something that Audrina does not. [[spoiler: It turns out that Arden witnessed the First Audrina's rape and ran without helping her. As an adult, Audrina finally recalls this detail and infers that Arden only married her out of guilt.]]
* DaylightHorror : The first Audrina's rape happened while she was walking home, in broad daylight. And the second Audrina is terrified...terrified of reflective crystals. flashing colors, keeping herself to the shadows to avoid the patterns of the stained glass windows on the floor of her home. [[spoiler: We later learn that the First Audrina attempted suicide from one of those windows during a violent lightning storm.]]



** Lucky is implied to have upheld it to, though to a lesser extent. [[spoiler:The scalding-hot bath and the rather vicious cleaning strongly imply that she viewed Audrina as defiled, though Damian later says that she occasionally agreed with Ellsbeth and wanted Audrina to cope properly with the trauma, rather than gaslighting her the way they were]].
* EnfantTerrible: '''Vera''' without question and she becomes an even worse adult. Sylvia's a rather disturbing child due to her AmbiguousDisorder and being raised in her macabre environment.
* {{Gaslighting}}: In addition to The Big Spoiler, the entire family (plus Audrina's future husband, his mother, her teachers, and more than a few townsfolk) conspire for years to convince Audrina that she has a mental illness.

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** Lucky is implied to have upheld it to, though to a lesser extent. [[spoiler:The scalding-hot bath and the rather vicious cleaning strongly imply that she viewed Audrina as defiled, though Damian later says that she occasionally agreed with Ellsbeth and wanted that gaslighing Audrina to was damaging and that they should just help her cope properly with the trauma, rather than gaslighting her the way they were]].
trauma normally]].
* EnfantTerrible: '''Vera''' '''Vera,''' without question and she question. She becomes an even worse adult. Sylvia's a rather disturbing child due to her AmbiguousDisorder and being raised in her macabre environment.
* {{Gaslighting}}: In addition to The Big Spoiler, the entire family (plus Audrina's her future husband, his mother, her teachers, Audrina's schoolteachers, and more than a few townsfolk) conspire for years to convince Audrina that she has a mental illness.



** [[ClockDiscrepancy All the clocks]] in the house are set to different times, and there are no calendars. No one will tell Audrina how old they are, and Damien stuffs the mailbox with [[NewspaperDating back-dated newspapers]].
** Audrina is given tranquillizers instead of aspirin for her frequent headaches, so that she often [[AsleepForDays sleeps for days]] without realizing and wakes thinking it's been only a few hours. Conversely, Audrina takes short unmedicated naps and is told upon waking that it's the next day.

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** [[ClockDiscrepancy All the clocks]] in the house are set to different times, and there times. There are no calendars. No calendars, and no one will tell Audrina how old they are, and their real age. Damien stuffs the mailbox with [[NewspaperDating back-dated newspapers]].
newspapers]]. And while there is a television in the house, Audrina is forbidden to watch it.
** Audrina is given tranquillizers tranquilizers instead of aspirin for her frequent headaches, so that she often [[AsleepForDays sleeps for days]] without realizing and wakes thinking it's been only a few hours. Conversely, Audrina takes short unmedicated naps and is told upon waking that it's the next day.



* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: Audrina, and once or twice Lucky, are described as wearing purple dresses which highlight their femininity and [[PurpleEyes match their eye color.]]

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* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: Audrina, Audrina and once or twice Lucky, are Lucky described as wearing purple dresses which highlight their femininity and [[PurpleEyes match their eye color.]]



* ImAHumanitarian: Lucky and Ellsbeth's friend Mercy Marie disappeared whilst working as a missionary in Africa, and is believed to have been eaten by local people. During their weekly tea parties, they put out her photo and talk to her as if she were there; which unnerves Audrina, given how Mercy Marie is supposed to have died.

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* ImAHumanitarian: Lucky and Ellsbeth's friend Mercy Marie disappeared whilst working as a missionary in Africa, and is believed to have been eaten by local people. During their weekly tea parties, they put out her photo and talk to her as if she were there; there, which unnerves Audrina, given how Mercy Marie is supposed to have died.



* JerkassFacade: Ellsbeth acts cold and mean to Audrina but she does genuinely care about her enough to try to get her out of the family's madness. She and Audrina become much closer after Vera leaves to the point where she gives Audrina permission to call her Ellie, which only Damian was allowed to call her.

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* JerkassFacade: Ellsbeth acts cold and mean to Audrina, but she is also the only person who shoots straight with her most of the time and encourages her to become independent of her father, who Ellsbeth foresees will try to control Audrina but she does genuinely care about for the rest of her enough to try to get her out of the family's madness. She life. [[spoiler: After Lucky's death and Vera's departure,]] Ellsbeth and Audrina become develop a much closer after Vera leaves closer, warmer relationship, to the point where she gives that Audrina permission to call her Ellie, which only Damian was is allowed to call her "Ellie," a name she had previously only permitted Damian to call her.



* MyBelovedSmother: Damian in a rare male example of the trope. He refuses to let Audrina leave the house, much less the property. When finally forced to send her to school, he gives her strict orders to always sit with her knees together and to never meet eyes with a boy.

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* MyBelovedSmother: Damian in a rare male example of the trope. He refuses to let Audrina leave the house, much less the property. He dictates her clothing and behavior to his own specifications for female modesty, to the point that she mostly wears the style of dresses and petticoats that were appropriate when ''he'' was growing up. When finally forced to send her to school, he gives her strict orders to always sit with her knees together and to never meet eyes with a boy. [[Spoiler: Finally, and probably most importantly, he manipulates his daughter into being pathologically afraid of everything outside the house, so that she only trusts in him.]]



* OneDrinkWillKillTheBaby: Lucky is in the habit of taking a large amount of bourbon in her tea. When she gets pregnant, Damian warns her to stop drinking (and even beats her in an effort to make her stop) but she doesn't. [[spoiler:Subsequently, when Lucky dies in childbirth and Sylvia is born severely disabled, Audrina is convinced that this is partly because of Lucky's drinking.]]
* OnlySaneMan: Ellsbeth Whitefern. She's the only person who [[spoiler: objected to the {{Gaslighting}} Audrina goes through and only followed along to guarantee that she and Vera would be able to have a place to live.]]

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* OneDrinkWillKillTheBaby: Lucky is in the habit of taking a large amount of bourbon in her tea. When she gets pregnant, Damian warns her to stop drinking (and even beats her in an effort to make her stop) but she doesn't. [[spoiler:Subsequently, when Lucky dies in childbirth and Sylvia is born severely disabled, Audrina is convinced that this is partly because of Lucky's drinking.]]
* OnlySaneMan: Ellsbeth Whitefern. She's the only person who [[spoiler: objected to the {{Gaslighting}} Audrina goes through and only followed went along when Damian threatened to guarantee that she turn her and Vera would be able to have her daughter onto the streets without a place to live.penny.]]



* TookALevelInKindness: Ellsbeth. Vera does kind acts but they all turn out to be fake or to hurt others.

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* TookALevelInKindness: Ellsbeth. Vera does kind acts but they all turn out Ellsbeth to be fake or to hurt others.Audrina [[spoiler: after Lucky dies.]]
8th Jun '16 11:19:30 AM JamesAustin
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* TheVamp: Vera, to the point that it becomes somewhat hilarious. To adequately sum up Vera would require employing most of the SexTropes list. What follows are some of her highlights:

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* TheVamp: Vera, TheVamp:Vera, to the point that it becomes somewhat hilarious. To adequately sum up Vera would require employing most of the SexTropes list. What follows are some of her highlights:



* [[PurpleEyes Violet Eyes]]: Audrina (and the First Audrina, natch). It's brought up constantly, to the point that Arden gifts Audrina with violet dresses and hand-painted violet diaries to match.
** Since Billie is said to have eyes "like ElizabethTaylor", who famously had violet eyes, she can also be included in the count.

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* [[PurpleEyes Violet Eyes]]: Audrina (and the First Audrina, natch). It's brought up constantly, to the point that Arden gifts Audrina with violet dresses and hand-painted violet diaries to match. \n** Since Billie is said to have eyes "like ElizabethTaylor", Creator/ElizabethTaylor", who famously had violet eyes, she can also be included in the count.
6th Jun '16 4:37:32 PM Orbiting
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-->''"So Audrina goes round and round the mulberry bush, wondering exactly how Arden could have known the First and Best Audrina, and space aliens from 20000 light years away shout, and tiny one-celled organisms deep within prehistoric lakes shout, and you shout, and I shout, and Bastian from ''TheNeverendingStory'' shouts, [[spoiler: "THERE IS ONLY ONE FUCKING AUDRINA, YOU BRAINLESS MORON, AND THAT AUDRINA IS YOU!"'']]
--->-- '''Erin Callahan''', Forever Young Adult's [[http://foreveryoungadult.com/2011/06/10/a-review-of-the-worst-book-in-history/ review]].

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-->''"So ->''"So Audrina goes round and round the mulberry bush, wondering exactly how Arden could have known the First and Best Audrina, and space aliens from 20000 light years away shout, and tiny one-celled organisms deep within prehistoric lakes shout, and you shout, and I shout, and Bastian from ''TheNeverendingStory'' shouts, [[spoiler: "THERE IS ONLY ONE FUCKING AUDRINA, YOU BRAINLESS MORON, AND THAT AUDRINA IS YOU!"'']]
--->-- -->-- '''Erin Callahan''', Forever Young Adult's [[http://foreveryoungadult.com/2011/06/10/a-review-of-the-worst-book-in-history/ review]].
29th May '16 2:51:14 PM Bergamot
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* BrokenBird: Ellsbeth. She gets pregnant with Vera by [[spoiler: Damian, who leaves her for Lucky and swears her off of men forever.]] She then has to be a domestic servant for her sister and brother-in-law to provide a home for her daughter and herself. Vera becomes a terrifyingly oversexed and evil child and [[spoiler: even pushes Ellsbeth down the stairs, killing her.]] The only time she's ever happy is when she finally has Damian to herself at long last [[spoiler: after Lucky dies giving birth to Sylvia]] but it doesn't last long. She's also the OnlySaneMan in the story due to her treating Audrina like a real person rather than antagonizing her or lying to her.

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* BrokenBird: Ellsbeth. She gets pregnant with Vera by After [[spoiler: Damian, who Damian impregnates her with Vera and then leaves to marry her for Lucky and sister,]] she swears her off of men forever.]] She then has forever, only to be end up a domestic servant for her sister and brother-in-law to provide a home for her daughter and herself. Vera becomes a terrifyingly oversexed and evil child and [[spoiler: even pushes Ellsbeth down the stairs, killing her.]] The only time she's ever happy is when she finally has Damian to herself at long last [[spoiler: after Lucky dies giving birth to Sylvia]] but it doesn't last long. She's also the OnlySaneMan in the story due to her treating Audrina like a real person rather than antagonizing her or lying to her.



* PoliceAreUseless: In a rare example of the police actually being called to investigate a crime in a V.C. Andrews novel, they somehow determine [[spoiler: that a double-amputee with no legs tripped on the stairway carpet and fell to her death.]]



* SouthernGothic : DysfunctionalFamily? Check. CreepyChild? Check. TheSouth? Check. A mix of horror and romance? Got it. UnreliableNarrator? Yep. OldMaid? Aunt Ellsbeth and, to a lesser extent, Billie...until Damian gets his hooks into both. Decaying mansion/old money? Check. And probably several other examples of the genre.

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* SouthernGothic : DysfunctionalFamily? Check. CreepyChild? Check. TheSouth? The South? Check. A mix of horror and romance? Got it. UnreliableNarrator? Yep. OldMaid? Aunt Ellsbeth and, to a lesser extent, Billie...until Damian gets his hooks into both.Billie. Decaying mansion/old money? Check. And probably several other examples of the genre. genre.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-Zagged.]] [[spoiler: The First Audrina ''is'' taken to a psychologist after her rape and suicide attempts, but ''her father'' finds the electroconvulsive treatment so traumatic that [[NiceJobBreakingItHero he takes her home and resolves to brainwash her.]]]]
** Sylvia likewise spends the first two years of her life in a care facility for the mentally disabled, only to be taken home by Damian. Part of his reasoning is that she would be better cared for at home. [[spoiler: After all, it worked so well the first time...]]
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:Audrina learns that she ''is'' the First and Best Audrina and that the rape happened to ''her.'' The entire family conspired to keep this from her until adulthood, and even then her father only revealed it when directly confronted.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: Arden. He was the polite neighbor boy who mowed the lawn and was a friend of Audrina's [[spoiler: but ran away when Audrina was gang-raped and treats her very poorly when they're married and cheats on her with Vera.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: Ellsbeth. Vera does kind acts but they all turn out to be fake or to hurt others.
* TheUnfavorite: Audrina to the First Audrina, and Vera to both. Ellsbeth was the unfavorite to Lucky as well.



** Going out of her way to find reasons to flash her boobs (including claiming that a bee stung the underside of her breasts and that she needs help "pulling the stinger out").

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** Going out of her way to find reasons to flash her boobs (including claiming that a bee stung the underside of her breasts breast and that she needs help "pulling the stinger out").



* TheUnfavorite: Audrina to the First Audrina, and Vera to both. Ellsbeth was the unfavorite to Lucky as well.
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler:Audrina learns that she ''is'' the First and Best Audrina and that the rape happened to ''her.'' The entire family conspired to keep this from her until adulthood, and even then her father only revealed it when directly confronted.]]
* TookALevelInJerkass: Arden. He was the polite neighbor boy who mowed the lawn and was a friend of Audrina's [[spoiler: but ran away when Audrina was gang-raped and treats her very poorly when they're married and cheats on her with Vera.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: Ellsbeth. Vera does kind acts but they all turn out to be fake or to hurt others.



** The entire family efforts to "protect" Audrina are a combination of drugs, brainwashing, electroshock therapy, and decades of convincing her that she is mentally ill.

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** The entire family family's efforts to "protect" Audrina are a combination of drugs, brainwashing, electroshock electroconvulsive therapy, and decades of convincing her that she is mentally ill.
22nd May '16 3:25:14 PM needlessexposition
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* CallingTheOldManOut: The climax of the novel is Audrina finally doing this. She goes on to call ''everyone'' out, including Arden and Vera.
** Vera calls out Damien several times for never acknowledging her as his daughter.
** Ellsbeth even gets a turn when she calls Damien out on his daughters' behalf, both for his scornful treatment of Vera and his attempts to turn Audrina into a ReplacementGoldfish.
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: Audrina and Arden Lowe. He was about thirteen. She was ''seven.''



* CallingTheOldManOut: The climax of the novel is Audrina finally doing this. She goes on to call ''everyone'' out, including Arden and Vera.
** Vera calls out Damien several times for never acknowledging her as his daughter.
** Ellsbeth even gets a turn when she calls Damien out on his daughters' behalf, both for his scornful treatment of Vera and his attempts to turn Audrina into a ReplacementGoldfish.
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: Audrina and Arden Lowe. He was about thirteen. She was ''seven.''

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* CallingTheOldManOut: The climax of the novel is Audrina finally doing this. She goes on to call ''everyone'' out, including Arden EnfantTerrible: '''Vera''' without question and Vera.
** Vera calls out Damien several times for never acknowledging her as his daughter.
** Ellsbeth
she becomes an even gets worse adult. Sylvia's a turn when she calls Damien out on his daughters' behalf, both for his scornful treatment of Vera rather disturbing child due to her AmbiguousDisorder and his attempts to turn Audrina into a ReplacementGoldfish.
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: Audrina and Arden Lowe. He was about thirteen. She was ''seven.''
being raised in her macabre environment.



* EnfantTerrible: '''Vera''' without question and she becomes an even worse adult. Sylvia's a rather disturbing child due to her AmbiguousDisorder and being raised in her macabre environment.



* InTheBlood: The Whitefern sisters' hatred for each other.



* ShowerOfAngst : Bath, in this case. After the rape, The First Audrina's mother takes a [[AbusiveParents scrub brush to the girl's skin]] and scrapes it raw.

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* ShowerOfAngst : ShowerOfAngst: Bath, in this case. After the rape, The First Audrina's mother takes a [[AbusiveParents scrub brush to the girl's skin]] and scrapes it raw.



* SpoiledBrat: Lucky.



* TheUnfavorite: Audrina to the First Audrina, and Vera to both.

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* TheUnfavorite: Audrina to the First Audrina, and Vera to both. Ellsbeth was the unfavorite to Lucky as well.



* TookALevelInKindness: Ellsbeth.

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* TookALevelInKindness: Ellsbeth. Vera does kind acts but they all turn out to be fake or to hurt others.
22nd May '16 3:08:11 PM needlessexposition
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* AbusiveParents: Damian and Lucky. Even before [[spoiler: Audrina was raped]], Damian was a father who was satisfied only with being treated with unquestioned obedience and worship. [[spoiler: After the rape, Lucky scrubs Audrina's skin so hard during a scalding hot bath that she bleeds and was the more hysterical parent. She also seems to see Audrina as defiled and impure from then on until the {{Gaslighting}}]] Ellsbeth averts this trope more or less due to Vera being an EnfantTerrible.


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** Even Ellsbeth doesn't escape this trope. When Audrina spies on her and Damian, Ellsbeth is wearing such a sheer nightgown that she's as good as naked and Audrina says she's much more attractive without clothes to the point where she could compete with her prettier sister.


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** Lucky and Ellsbeth also count though they're not at all what people think they are. [[spoiler: Lucky is treated as Abel but is more Cain-like in personality due to being more deceptive and secretly cruel. The stern Ellsbeth is seen as the Cain but is more Abel-like since she is actually a nicer person than her sister.]]


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* EnfantTerrible: '''Vera''' without question and she becomes an even worse adult. Sylvia's a rather disturbing child due to her AmbiguousDisorder and being raised in her macabre environment.


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* TookALevelInJerkass: Arden. He was the polite neighbor boy who mowed the lawn and was a friend of Audrina's [[spoiler: but ran away when Audrina was gang-raped and treats her very poorly when they're married and cheats on her with Vera.]]
* TookALevelInKindness: Ellsbeth.
22nd May '16 2:43:35 PM needlessexposition
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** Sylvia is a ReplacementGoldfish as well for not only Audrina (who says that Sylvia has "the gift") but for the shrewish Ellsbeth as well.
14th May '16 12:06:20 PM needlessexposition
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* JerkassFacade: Ellsbeth acts cold and mean to Audrina but she does genuinely care about her enough to try to get her out of the family's madness. She and Audrina become much closer after Vera leaves to the point where she gives Audrina permission to call her Ellie, which only Damian was allowed to call her.



* OnlySaneMan: Ellsbeth Whitefern. She's the only person who [[spoiler: objected to the {{Gaslighting}} Audrina goes through and only followed along to guarantee that she and Vera would be able to have a place to live.]] Even though she spent much of Audrina's life being very aloof toward her, Ellsbeth does soften up to the point where she lets Audrina call her Ellie, which only Damian (and Lucky on Tuesday teatimes) was allowed to call her.

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* OnlySaneMan: Ellsbeth Whitefern. She's the only person who [[spoiler: objected to the {{Gaslighting}} Audrina goes through and only followed along to guarantee that she and Vera would be able to have a place to live.]] Even though she spent much of Audrina's life being very aloof toward her, Ellsbeth does soften up to the point where she lets Audrina call her Ellie, which only Damian (and Lucky on Tuesday teatimes) was allowed to call her.]]
14th May '16 12:00:36 PM needlessexposition
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* TheAlcoholic: Lucky.


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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Lucky, who indirectly taunts Ellsbeth [[spoiler: about how she stole Damian away from her]] and still keeps drinking while she's pregnant all while she's portrayed as the sweet, pretty Whitefern daughter compared to her plainer, serious sister. Vera would be this but she puts her bitchiness on display far more openly and her sweetness is almost always fake.


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* SiblingYingYang: Lucky and Ellsbeth, Audrina and Vera, Audrina and Sylvia.
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